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əˈfeɪ ʒəapha·si·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aphasianoun

    inability to use or understand language (spoken or written) because of a brain lesion


  1. aphasianoun

    A partial or total loss of language skills due to brain damage. Usually, damage to the left perisylvian region, including Broca's area and Wernike's area, causes aphasia.

    Etymology: Modern Latin, from ἀφασία, from ἄφατος, from ἀ- + φάσις.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aphasianoun

    alt. of Aphasy


  1. Aphasia

    Aphasia is a disturbance of the comprehension and formulation of language caused by dysfunction in specific brain regions. This class of language disorder ranges from having difficulty remembering words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write. This also affects visual language such as sign language. Aphasia is usually linked to brain damage, most commonly by stroke. Brain damage linked to aphasia can also cause further brain diseases such as cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. Acute aphasia disorders usually develop quickly as a result of head injury or stroke, and progressive forms of aphasia develop slowly from a brain tumor, infection, or dementia. The area and extent of brain damage or atrophy will determine the type of aphasia and its symptoms. Aphasia types include expressive aphasia, receptive aphasia, conduction aphasia, anomic aphasia, global aphasia, primary progressive aphasias and many others. Medical evaluations for the disorder range from clinical screenings by a neurologist to extensive tests by a Speech-Language Pathologist. Most acute aphasia patients can recover some or most skills by working with a Speech-Language Pathologist. This rehabilitation can take two or more years and is most effective when begun quickly. Only a small minority will recover without therapy, such as those suffering a mini-stroke. Improvement varies widely, depending on the aphasia's cause, type, and severity. Recovery also depends on the patient's age, health, motivation, handedness, and educational level.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aphasia

    a-fā′zi-a, n. inability to express thought in words by reason of some brain disease: or, more widely still, the loss of the faculty of interchanging thought, without any affection of the intellect or will.—adj. Aphas′ic. [Gr.; a, neg., phasis, speech—phanai, to speak.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Aphasia

    A cognitive disorder marked by an impaired ability to comprehend or express language in its written or spoken form. This condition is caused by diseases which affect the language areas of the dominant hemisphere. Clinical features are used to classify the various subtypes of this condition. General categories include receptive, expressive, and mixed forms of aphasia.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aphasia in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aphasia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of aphasia in a Sentence

  1. Kim Campbell:

    He’s lost most of his ability to communicate verbally. He has severe aphasia, but he still understands the universal language of smiles and kisses, and he enjoys food. we just trust that God has a purpose for everything that we face in our lives, and we just love each other through whatever we’re going through. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the whole family.

  2. Samer Al-Hadidi:

    Aphasia is well described, and it [manifests itself in] different ways according to the area of the brain affected.

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